This COVID-19 vaccine myth has been 'extremely difficult' to dispel in North Dakota

It’s an unfortunate myth, propelled by extensively circulated misinformation, that has been “extremely difficult to combat,” said state immunization manager Molly Howell. A recent National Public Radio report tracked the false narrative from its birth on social media to its distribution through fake and misleading news stories.

Many young women, including college students and nurses, mention concerns about fertility when refusing the jab, Howell said. Multiple nursing home administrators at facilities with low employee vaccination rates noted to Forum News Service last month that female workers in their “childbearing years” didn’t trust the shot because of possible fertility issues.

The fertility fable is so widespread that officials with the North Dakota Department of Health decided to hold a virtual town hall discussion on the subject Wednesday, July 21, with doctors who specialize in reproductive health.

The three-doctor panel agreed with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: There is no evidence the COVID-19 vaccine causes fertility issues in men or women, and nearly all unvaccinated young adults should seek the shot.

Dr. Christina Broadwell, a reproductive endocrinology specialist at Sanford Health in Fargo, said she understands some

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